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Amounis

Amounis
Sire Magpie (GB)
Dam Loved One
Grandsire Dark Ronald
Damsire Duke of Melton (GB)
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1922
Country Australia
Color Brown
Breeder Percy Miller
Owner 1. J.W. Cook; 2. Paddy Wade
3. Mr W. Pearson
Trainer J.W. Cook before 8th August 1925, Frank McGrath after 8th August 1925
Record 79: 33-11-8
Earnings AU ₤48,297/10/-
Summary
Amounis is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Loved One by Magpie (GB). He was born around 1922 in Australia, and was bred by Percy Miller.
Major wins
AJC Hobartville Stakes (1925)
RRC Rosehill Guineas (1925)
AJC Epsom Handicap (1926, 1928)
VRC Cantala Stakes (1926, 1929)
VRC Linlithgow Stakes (1927, 1928, 1929)
AJC Chipping Norton Stakes (1927)
MVRC Cox Plate (1927)
VRC Essendon Stakes (1928, 1930)
AJC Craven Plate (1928)
WiRC Williamstown Cup (1928)
VRC Fisher Plate (1929)
VATC St George Stakes ( 1930)
VATC Futurity Stakes (1930)
VRC C M Lloyd Stakes (1930)
AJC All Aged Stakes (1930)
AJC Warwick Stakes (1930)
VRC October Stakes (1930)
VATC Caulfield Stakes (1930)
VATC Caulfield Cup (1930)
Honors
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 01 September 2009

Amounis was an Australian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse. He won 33 races over distances ranging from 6 to 12 furlongs. Of these wins, 27 were in "Principal Races", (equivalent to today's "Black Type" races), 16 of these races since promoted to Group 1 status.[1]

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Pedigree

He was a brown gelding bred by Percy Miller and foaled in 1922 at his Kia Ora Stud, Scone, New South Wales. Amounis was by the outstanding racehorse and sire, Magpie (GB), his dam Loved One was a good racehorse and brood mare by Duke of Melton (GB).[2] Loved One produced 14 foals, of which 8 raced and 5 of these were winners.[3]

Racing career

Amounis was sold as a yearling to a Sydney trainer, J.W. Cook. He started twice as a two-year-old, without success. During a spell while he was recuperating from a leg injury he was gelded. Amounis then developed into a good type of three-year-old and was sold to Paddy Wade for 2,500 guineas. Wade then raced him for a short season when he ran fourth to Manfred in the AJC and Victorian Derbies. Amounis was sold again when Mr Wade left Australia. This time he was purchased by trainer, Frank McGrath on behalf of Mr W.Pearson for 1,800 guines.[2]

As a three-year-old in 1925-26 he started 13 times for 6 wins including the AJC Hobartville Stakes and Rosehill Guineas.

As a four-year-old in 1926-27 he started 12 times for 6 wins including the Epsom Handicap (in record time), VRC Cantala Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, WS Cox Plate and 1926 Linlithgow Stakes.

As a five-year-old in 1927-28 he started 19 times for 3 wins including the WS Cox Plate and 1927 VRC Linlithgow Stakes.

As a six-year-old in 1928-29 he started 8 times for 4 wins including the Craven Plate, AJC Epsom Handicap, Tatt's NSW Tramway Handicap and WmtnRC Williamstown Cup.

Amounis had to compete as a seven and eight-year-old, against Phar Lap in great form, as a three- and four-year-old. As a seven-year-old in 1929-30 Amounis started 16 times for 10 wins including the CPRC Canterbury Stakes, VRC C.B. Fisher Plate, VRC Cantala Stakes, VRC Linlithgow Stakes, Rosehill Stakes, VATC Futurity Stakes, VATC St George Stakes, 1930 VRC C.M. Lloyd Stakes, VRC Essendon Stakes and 1930 AJC All-Aged Stakes.[2]

As a eight-year-old in 1930-31 he started eight times for four wins including the 1930 Warwick Stakes, VATC Caulfield Cup (carrying 9 st 8 lbs)[4], VATC Caulfield Stakes and VRC October Stakes. In the 1930 Warwick Stakes, he defeated Phar Lap by a short head to deprive Phar Lap of 24 successive victories. Before this race, Phar Lap had won nine consecutive races. Phar Lap then went on to score another 14 consecutive wins.

At the end of his six-year-old days, he had 19 wins including the Cox Plate but Amounis came back better than ever for his next two seasons. As a seven-year-old, he won 9 races (including one over Phar Lap),[3]finishing no worse than third on just one occasion in 16 starts.

Race Record

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1924-25 Season as a Two Year Old
Unpl - CPRC Juvenile Stakes - 6f 7.2 1:17 - Baverlin 1st
Unpl - RRC Granville Stakes - 7f 7.12 1:27.75 - Sweet Tress 1st
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1925-26 Season as a Three Year Old
Won - Moorefield RC Three Year Old Handicap - 6f 7.1 1:16.5 - Sunrock 2nd
Won - RRC Three Year Old Handicap - 6f 7.12 1:14.25 - Somnolent 2nd
Won - AJC Hobartville Stakes - 7f 8.10 1:28 - Vaals 2nd
Won - RRC Rosehill Guineas - 9f 8.5 1:54.5 - Vaals 2nd
Unpl - AJC Derby - 12f 8.10 2:35.25 - Manfred 1st
Unpl - AJC Metropolitan - 13f 7.2 - - Bard of Avon 1st
Unpl - VRC Derby - 12f 8.10 2:31.5 - Manfred 1st
Won - VRC Batman Stakes - 8f 8.11 1:41 - Hampden 2nd
Unpl - RRC Railway Handicap - 7f 8.5 1:25 - Lausanne 1st
Unpl - AJC Liverpool Handicap - 6f 8.7 - - Robespierre 1st
Unpl - AJC Rous Handicap - 7f 9.13 1:25.75 - Lovebox 1st
Unpl - Newcastle Mile - 8f 9.5 1:40 - The Epicure 1st
Won - AJC Exeter Handicap - 8f 10.6 1:40.25 - Kalloni 2nd
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1926-27 Season as a Four Year Old
Won - RRC Dundas Handicap - 7f 8.13 1:25 - Fuji San 2nd
Won - AJC Epsom Handicap - 8f 8.11 1:31.25 (Aust/NZ Rec) - Fuji San 2nd
Unpl - AJC Craven Plate (WFA) - 10f 8.11 2:4.25 - Windbag 1st
Won - VRC Cantala Stakes - 8f 9.8 1:37.25 (Race Rec) - Preposterer 2nd
Won - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.11 1:38.5 - Valicare 2nd
3rd - VRC CB Fisher Plate (WFA) - 12f 8.11 2:36 - Pantheon 1st
Unpl - VRC Newmarket Handicap - 6f 9.13 1:12.5 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Unpl - RRC Rawson Stakes (WFA) - 9f 8.11 1:51.25 - Limerick 1st
Won - AJC Chipping Norton Stakes - 10f 9.4 2:5.5 - Limerick 2nd
Unpl - AJC Doncaster Handicap - 8f 9.12 1:42.25 - Don Moon 1st
3rd - AJC All-Aged Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.11 1:38.75 - Fuji San 1st
Won - Murrumbidgee Wagga Gold Cup - 10f 10.5 2:5 - Lady Tattler 2nd
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1927-28 Season as a Five Year Old
2nd - AJC Warwick Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 1:38 - Limerick 1st
3rd - RRC Hill Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 1:39 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC Epsom Handicap - 8f 9.10 1:38.5 - Vaals 1st
Unpl - AJC Metropolitan - 13f 9.3 2:53.5 - Murillo 1st
Won - MVRC WS Cox Plate (WFA) - 9½f 9.1 2:0.5 - Avant Courier 2nd
2nd - VRC Melbourne Stakes (WFA) - 10f 9.1 2:5 - Silvius (Ire) 1st
Won - VRC Linlithgow Steakes (WFA) - 8f 8.13 1:38.25 - Vaals 2nd
2nd - VRC CB Fisher Plate (WFA) - 12f 9.1 2:34.5 - Silvius (Ire) 1st
3rd - Williamstown Cup - 12f 9.5 2:31 - Star d'Or 1st
Unpl - AJC Flying Handicap - 6f 9.11 1:11.25 - Killarney 1st
Unpl - VATC St George Stakes - 9f 9.9 1:55.5 - Black Duchess 1st
Unpl - VATC Futurity Stakes - 7f 10.4 1:26 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Won - VRC Essendon Stakes (WFA) - 10f 8.13 2:7.25 - Spearset 2nd
2nd - VRC CM Lloyd Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.12 1:37.25 - Gothic (GB) 1st
2nd - RRC Rawson Stakes (WFA) - 9f 8.13 1:53.75 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC Doncaster Handicap - 8f 9.10 1:45.25 - Simeon's Fort (Ire) 1st
Unpl - AJC All-Aged Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.12 1:39.25 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - AJC King's Cup - 12f 8.9 2:32.5 - Limerick 1st
Unpl - Murrumbidgee Wagga Gold Cup - 10f 10.0 2:5.8 - Charlot 1st
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1928-29 Season as a Six Year Old
Won - Tatts Club (NSW) Tramway Handicap - 7f 9.4 1:2.25 - Habashow 2nd
Won - AJC Epsom Handicap - 8f 9.7 1:37.25 - Sion 2nd
Won - AJC Craven Plate (WFA) - 10f 9.1 2:26.25 - Fourth Hand 2nd
2nd - VATC Caulfield Stakes (WFA) - 9f 9.1 1:53 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Unpl - MVRC WS Cox Plate (WFA) - 9½f 9.1 1:6.75 - Highland 1st
2nd - VRC Melbourne Stakes (WFA) - 10f 9.0 2:8.75 - Gothic (GB) 1st
2nd - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.13 1:38.75 - Gothic (GB) 1st
Won - Williamstown Cup - 12f 9.5 2:32.5 - Bombard 2nd
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1929-30 Season as a Seven Year Old
Won - CRRC Canterbury Stakes - 6f 9.6 1:13 - Paganelli 2nd
Unpl - RRC Hill Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 1:38.5 - Winalot 1st
3rd - AJC Spring Stakes (WFA) - 12f 9.3 2:30.75 - Winalot 1st
3rd - AJC Craven Plate (WFA) - 10f 9.1 2:11.25 - Phar Lap 1st
2nd - VATC Caulfield Cup - 12f 9.5 2:30.5 - High Syce 1st
Won - VRC Cantala Stakes - 8f 9.12 1:38.25 - Merab 2nd
Won - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.13 1:36.25 - Highland 2nd
Won - VRC CB Fisher Plate (WFA) - 12f 9.2 2:30.75 - High Syce 2nd
Won - RRC Rosehill Stakes - 8f 9.9 1:39 - Gay Ballerina 2nd
Won - VATC St George Stakes - 9f 9.9 1:53.75 - Parsee 2nd
Won - VATC Futurity Stakes - 7f 10.4 1:27.75 - Greenline 2nd
Won - VRC Essendon Stakes (WFA) - 10f 8.13 2:4.75 - High Syce 2nd
Won - VRC CM Lloyd Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.13 1:38.5 - Greenline 2nd
2nd - AJC Chipping Norton Stakes (WFA) - 10f 9.6 2:6 - Phar Lap 1st
2nd - AJC Autumn Stakes (WFA) - 12f 9.0 2:33.25 - Nightmarch 1st
Won - AJC All-Aged Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.12 1:37 - Nightmarch 2nd
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1930-31 Season as an Eight Year Old
Won - AJC Warwick Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 1:38 - Phar Lap 2nd
2nd - VATC Memsie Stakes - 9f 9.8 1:54.25 - Wise Force 1st
Unpl - VRC Quality Handicap - 7f 50yds 9.0 1:29.5 - Wise Force 1st
Won - VRC October Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 1:37.25 - Rigadoon 2nd
Won - VATC Caulfield Stakes (WFA) - 9f 9.1 1:55.25 - Carradale 2nd
Won - VATC Caulfield Cup - 12f 9.8 2:34.25 - Solution 2nd
3rd - VATC Melbourne Stakes (WFA) - 10f 9.0 2:4.5 - Phar Lap 1st
Unpl - VRC Linlithgow Stakes (WFA) - 8f 8.13 1:37 - Phar Lap 1st

1931-32 Season as a Nine Year Old: Did not race

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1932-33 Season as a Ten Year Old
Unpl - AJC Warwick Stakes (WFA) - 8f 9.0 - - Johnnie Jason 1st

Pedigree

Pedigree of Amounis
Sire
Magpie (GB)
1914
Dark Ronald (GB)
1905
Bay Ronald (GB) Hampton (GB)
Black Duchess (GB)
Darkie (GB) Thurio (GB)
Insignia (GB)
Popinjay (GB)
1905
St Frusquin (GB) St. Simon (GB)
Isabel (GB)
Chelandry (GB) Goldfinch (GB)
Illuminata (GB)
Dam
Loved One (Aus)
1912
Duke of Melton (GB)
1903
Melton (GB) Master Kildare (GB)
Violet Melrose (GB)
La Petite Duchess (GB) Endurance (GB)
Cherry Duchess (GB)
Bul Bul (Aus)
1906
Simile (GB) St. Simon (GB)
Mimi (GB)
Chand Beebee (GB) Royal Hampton (GB)
Missy Baba (GB) (Family: 5)

References

  1. ASB - Amounis Retrieved on 2009-7-20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  4. Amounis wins Caulfield Cup




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